Catholic Church may file a review against decision

PUTRAJAYA - The Catholic Church will consider filing a review against the Federal Court decision to dismiss its application for leave over the ban on the use of the kalimah Allah in its news weekly, Herald.

"There is no time limit to file for review. However, it has to be filed expeditiously," said lead counsel Datuk Dr Cyrus Das, acting for Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese Archbishop Murphy Pakiam.

Asked on the Federal Court's decision, Dr Das said an opportunity had been lost to clarify the Court of Appeal's (CoA) judgment.

"One main concern is on the scope of prohibition of the use of the word (Allah).

"The judgment of the CoA seems to suggest prohibition applies beyond the use in the Bahasa Malaysia (edition of Herald)," he told reporters here.

Co-counsel S. Selvarajah said they could file for a review application under the Rules of the Federal Court.

"You can review a decision of the Federal Court on limited grounds, such as breach of rules of natural justice, that the panel had been wrongly constituted or the judge had referred to a law which has been repealed, or wrong application of law," he said.

"We will consider for the review upon receiving full grounds of judgment," he added.

Editor of Herald, Rev Lawrence Andrew said he was "greatly disappointed" with the court ruling.

He added, however, it was "not a matter of who is losing or winning the case".

"There is only one God who created one world. Let us live in peace and harmony," he said. 

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